31 July 2014

Facebook Profits Massive and Growing (video)

Facebook Stock Surges: Massive Profits and Growing: Video - Bloomberg:
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Facebook posted second-quarter sales that surged 61 percent to $2.91 billion. Bloomberg Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky examines the numbers on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg July 24)

Why Google And Facebook Cannot Be Compared On CPC (Cost Per Click) - Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) | Seeking Alpha: "Google and Facebook cannot be compared on CPC based on their growth and acquisitions strategy as well as user engagement models as analyzed. Google and Facebook are compared in terms of reach, technology and current user behavior to see where they are both heading in the internet advertising space. The market is penalizing Google for its acquisitions which are not producing revenue and rewarding Facebook for its mobile strategy..."

Amazon's Fire Phone: a shopping device that makes calls
CNNMoney
Amazon knows that you're not going to leave your iPhone or Galaxy S ... (Apple's forthcoming iPhones, expected in September, will reportedly come in ...


TG Daily

Google Hangouts Dresses Up For Business
InformationWeek
Google is making Hangouts part of Google Apps for Business to enhance the ... company's biggest rival for business customers ...


CNN

Facebook: Get Messenger app or else
CNN
(CNN) -- For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose ...


Wall Street Journal

Amazon Calls for Hachette to Cut E-Book Prices
Wall Street Journal
Amazon is in a standoff with the Hachette Book Group, blocking pre-orders of and ... "Books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more. ... In the blog post, Amazon said that its internal data showed that when a .... Google Attempts to Map Human Body.


Irish Independent

Microsoft faces anti-monopoly probe in China over Windows, Office
PCWorld
China has opened an anti-monopoly probe into Microsoft over problems ... secret surveillance programs being built into U.S. technology products.


Reuters India

Amazon to invest $2 bln more in India as e-commerce race heats up
Reuters India
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday said it will invest a further $2 billion in India just a day after the country's largest e-tailer Flipkart ...


Firstpost

Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1's first update, with welcome new features
PCWorld
Microsoft formally unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 Update early Wednesday morning, confirming features such as Start screen folders, sandboxed apps, ...


Reuters UK

Samsung, Apple still dominate smartphones, but their shares slip
Computerworld
Computerworld - Samsung and Apple, in the second quarter, sunk to their ... "Samsung and Apple are both seeing a lot of pressure from alternative ... Lenovo is in the process of acquiring Motorola from Google and will use the ... Chinese officials seize Microsoft PCs, emails, financial info in antitrust ...


Telegraph.co.uk

Google's Problem With The Max Mosley Sex Party Pictures
Forbes
Max Mosley is suing Google yet again over links to pictures of him enjoying certain practices at a private sex party. As he points out himself this ...


ETF Daily News

Why Scorned Amazon.com Is Now A Rare Opportunistic Buy
Forbes
Post notes that Amazon is an “eCommerce leader with market share and margin potential stemming from its global scale, fulfillment, and technology ...

Heads rolling at Beats as Apple eliminating redundant positions, keeping developers and creatives ...
Mark Gurman
Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, Apple, Beats Music, Code Conference ... and technology resources from Beats to Apple, according to sources briefed on the ...

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30 July 2014

Google Illicit Ads (video); Samsung Tizen Smartphone DOA?

Google Targeted in State Crackdown on Illicit Ads: Video - Bloomberg:
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Google hasn’t done enough to satisfy an investigation by multiple states into whether it adequately screens illegal drug advertisements and illicit online videos, Mississippi’s top law enforcement official said. Bloomberg's Megan Hughes has more on "Bottom Line." (Source: Bloomberg July24)

Samsung's Tizen Smartphone: Dead On Arrival? - InformationWeek: "...Samsung was scheduled to launch its first Tizen smartphone in Japan back in January. Japanese wireless network operators balked at the last moment and cancelled the launch. Later, Samsung announced the Z and its intent to sell the device in Russia during the third quarter. Developers knew something was fishy when the phone didn't make an appearance at a Moscow developer event earlier this month. Today's delay will likely put to rest any hopes that the device and Tizen platform will succeed...."

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USA TODAY

Twitter stock surges on strong Q2 results
USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter shares surged nearly 40% in after-hours trading with news that ... "Twitter is to Facebook what radio is to television.


Businessweek

Google's Android Has a Fake-ID Problem
Businessweek
Google's (GOOG) Android operating system has a security flaw that could allow hackers to impersonate trusted applications and potentially hijack your ...


Boston Globe

Chinese officials raid Microsoft offices
Boston Globe
BEIJING — Officials from a Chinese government agency that enforces anti-monopoly laws and other business regulations visited four Microsoft offices ...


CNN

Facebook: Get Messenger app or else
CNN
(CNN) -- For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose ...


CIO Today

Microsoft, IBM make cloud gains against Amazon
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft and IBM are gaining momentum in the cloud ... "This is in stark contrast to Google, which has its cloud offerings out there, ...


Telegraph.co.uk

Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition
Wired
On Monday, Re/Code reported that Apple is now close to acquiring Swell, which is like Pandora for podcasts. If the deal goes through, it will be yet ...


CNNMoney

Amazon launches 3-D printing store
CNNMoney
That's the sci-fi scenario Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) is inching closer to with the launch this week of its 3-D Printing Store, which offers shoppers over ...


Reuters

Microsoft's Windows Phone dilemma: Sell cheap phones or great cameras?
PCWorld (blog)
A good question—and I worry further that Microsoft's senior executives won't ...Microsoft's Cortana constantly gains new capabilities, but so do Google ...


Financial Express

Apple Refreshes MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices
InformationWeek
Apple on Tuesday continued its season of incremental Mac updates, announcing refreshed MacBook Pros with slightly faster processors and, in the ...


Apple updates MacBook Pro, but where's the Retina MacBook Air? - ExtremeTechComputer Hardware & Software News | ExtremeTech


Design & Trend

Amazon Fire Phone not enticing enough to leave Apple, Android
Los Angeles Times
Amazon Fire Phone not enticing enough to leave Apple, Android ... Amazon released its first smartphone this month, but for most consumers, it doesn't .... of Android, meaning it looks and feels nothing like the software Google makes.

Facebook, Google vying for growth as Alibaba IPO looms: "...While Google's 22% top-line growth for the June quarter shows how healthy its business is 10 years after it went public, Facebook is gobbling up digital ad money -- Google's core market -- a lot faster. Facebook's advertising revenue shot up 67% year-over-year, lifting total top-line growth to 61%, as mobile advertising now comprises nearly two-thirds of the social network's sales. Meanwhile, analysts estimate Google gets somewhere between a quarter and a third of its revenue from mobile. Researcher eMarketer estimates Google will capture about a third of the online ad market this year, while Facebook garners 22%... Facebook is growing three times as fast as Google. Yet the No. 1 social media company is still just a fraction of the size of the No. 1 Internet search company, as measured by revenue and market cap. With both companies' latest financial results reported, Google as of Friday's close was valued at roughly $400 billion. That's second only to Apple's $589 billion and about double that of Facebook...." (read more at link above)

Beijing Researchers Use Gene Editing to Create Disease-Resistant Wheat | MIT Technology Review: "Researchers have created wheat that is resistant to a common disease, using advanced gene editing methods."

The Next Big Thing in Computer Memory | MIT Technology Review: "... The type of memory in question, resistive random access memory (RRAM), is being developed by several companies, but fabrication usually requires high-temperatures or voltages, making production difficult and expensive. The Rice researchers have shown a way to make RRAM at room temperature and with far lower voltages...."

Shareholder report lays out why Alibaba should buy Yahoo | VentureBeat | Deals | by Richard Byrne Reilly"....The push for Ma, Alibaba’s founder, to buy the massive IT giant is outlined in a report from Yahoo shareholder Eric Jackson, who owns Ironfire Capital. Jackson said such a deal would save Alibaba billions if Ma buys Yahoo as a tax-free way of reclaiming shares from his own company...As for the other investors who are interested in pushing Alibaba to buy Yahoo, speculation has centered on Yahoo shareholders Janus Capital, JAT Capital, and DE Shaw. Yahoo has a market valuation of $36 billion. Yahoo has about 800 million active users. Jackson did not reply to an email for comment. A Yahoo spokesperson declined to comment. Floating a report like Jackson’s is a common tactic by shareholder investors as one way they can promote their agendas regarding the company in question...."(read more at link above)

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29 July 2014

Will Windows 9 Save Microsoft Or Is It Too Late?

Probably too late--Windows 7 owns just over 50 percent of the PC OS market share and Windows XP owns an additional 25 percent. Windows 8 platforms and Windows Vista combined make up just 15 percent. In the trendsetting United States Apple's Mac OS is gaining ground, now accounting for more than 15 percent of domestic market share and Chromebooks are taking off (sources infra)--

Will Windows 9 Be Able To Save Microsoft? - Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) | Seeking Alpha: "Microsoft is facing challenges from Google, Apple and others on numerous fronts. Windows 8 turned out to be a flop, Windows phones are struggling, and the Xbox One launch went poorly... Despite heavy investments in its Windows Phone platforms, the company has secured only 2.7 percent of the global smartphone OS market, vs. 81.1 percent for Google and 15.2 percent for Apple... If Windows 9 turns out to be yet another flop, Microsoft could find itself in a difficult situation. The company relies on the sale of its operating systems and updated software for each system to drive revenues. Windows 8 has thus far been rejected by most consumers, depriving Microsoft of potential revenue streams...."

Why 2014 Will be the Biggest Year Yet for Google Chrome OS | Digital Trends: "... Most people just want a computer that can perform simple computing tasks without crashing, and they want to pay as little for it as possible. Netbooks failed because they only met the latter goal, but Chromebooks achieve both. Don’t just take my word for it though. Head over to Amazon’s best-seller list, where three or four Chromebooks can usually be found among the top 10 best-selling laptops. Look further and you’ll see that, excluding MacBooks, it’s rare for a notebook priced above $500 to crack the top 20. People want to pay as little for a PC as possible, and also want it to work well. Chromebooks meet both criteria...."

Storm Clouds Over Amazon Business - WSJ: "Amazon.com Inc. has been fighting two big rivals in the world of cloud computing. But that battle shows signs of becoming a free-for-all that threatens its profitability goals for the business. Large telecom and small startups have been forging into or expanding services that let companies rent computing cycles rather than operate their own servers and data centers. The broader competition comes amid a continuing price war in the business among Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Those pressures were underscored... when the online retailer reported a wider loss for its second quarter. Part of the reason: its Amazon Web Services, or AWS, recently cut prices by between 28% and 51% for various services as gains at AWS and similar businesses slowed to 38% from 60% in its first quarter..." (read more at link above)

Zillow To Swallow Trulia For $3.5 Billion: "Online real estate giant Zillow has agreed to acquire rival Trulia in a $3.5 billion, all-stock deal, Zillow announced Monday. The transaction is expected to close next year."

Comcast Memo: Rep From “Painful” Retention Call Was Doing “What We Trained Him To Do” – Consumerist: "The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him — and thousands of other Retention agents — to do."--Dave Watson, Chief Operating Officer, Comcast Cable

How to Make Any Smartphone or Tablet Screen out of Scratch-Proof Sapphire | MIT Technology Review: "...Sapphire, or crystalline aluminum oxide, is made in nature but can also be manufactured. It is second only to diamond in hardness, although incorrect processing can leave defects that make it brittle. Because of its scratch-proof properties, it has long been used for making LEDs, sensors on missiles, and the screens on some high-end phones that cost as much as $10,000...."

BRADENTON, Fla.: Fla. sheriff offers safe space for internet deals - Technology - MiamiHerald.com: "... The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says parking lots at each of its four district stations are available for residents to make transactions arranged online in a public and safe space. Hillsborough's program was created in response to threats of robbery or violence during the in-person cash transactions for items advertised online or in other classified ads."

BEIJING: Chinese portal Sohu reports $45 million loss - Technology - MiamiHerald.com: "... The loss for the three months ended June 30 compared with a $69 million loss in the previous quarter and an operating profit of $64 million in the same period of 2013. Profits at China's Internet companies have been squeezed by heavy spending to build a mobile presence as Chinese Web surfers shift quickly to going online wirelessly through smartphones and tablet computers. Sohu operates online media, search, gaming, community and mobile services. "For our news and video businesses, we made solid progress in mobile monetization as our large user base successfully attracted a growing number of advertisers," said chairman Charles Zhang in a statement...."

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Telegraph.co.uk

Google's next frontier: What it means to be healthy
Computerworld
That's a question researchers at Google X, along with scientists at Duke University and Stanford University, are looking to answer. Google has ...


Forbes

Amazon Is Facing A Cloud Crisis, As Microsoft Muscles In
Forbes
Amazon's pioneering success in cloud computing, dating back to 2006, has now brought on the likes of Microsoft, Google, IBM and Hewlett-Packard ...


Reuters

Microsoft targeted in apparent Chinese antitrust probe
Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for antitrust investigation as government officials paid ...


The Guardian

Apple to buy Swell, a talk-radio app, for $30 million, report says
Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc. is reportedly set to pay $30 million to acquire Swell, a Pandora-like app for Internet talk radio. The deal was reported late Sunday night by ...


Toronto Sun

Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store
InformationWeek
Amazon on Monday launched a 3D Printed Products store, a development that the ...Amazon says its 3D Printed Products store offers "modestly priced ...


The Hindu

Amazon India to expand same-day delivery capability with 5 new warehouses
The Hindu
Customers who shop on online retailer Amazon can expect faster shipping times and greater availability shortly as the e-commerce player plans on ...


Forbes

Facebook Stock Is Classic Example Of Bubble
Forbes
I'm rounding these numbers because to think Facebook is not massively ... If you don't recognize today's market you can send it back to Amazon and ...


CNNMoney

Apple welcomes back top Bitcoin wallet app
CNNMoney
blockchain Apple banned Blockchain and other Bitcoin wallets from its App Store earlier this year. ... The world's top Bitcoin wallet program, Blockchain.info, is back on Apple'sApp Store. ... Google's (GOOGL, Tech30) mobile operating system has become a hotbed for ... Facebook launched my startup.


Ars Technica

Microsoft readying next Windows Phone update with folders, 7-inch screens
Ars Technica
Documents intended for the OEMs were accidentally made available on Microsoft'sdeveloper site for a short time, revealing details of what the patch ...


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28 July 2014

Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Overextended? (video)

Amazon Under Fire: Is Jeff Bezos Overextended?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Overextended? (video above) - Bloomberg Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky previews Amazon’s earnings on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg July 24)


Reuters

Analysis - Amazon's far-reaching ambitions, lack of profits, unnerve investors
Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has ... Amazonreported its largest quarterly loss since 2012 as operating ... version of Google's Android, and Amazon's move into program production. ... ANALysts are also further so stupid for criticizing Apple when Apple makes ...

Google's next frontier: the human body
Atlanta Journal Constitution
FILE- In this April 17, 2007 file photo, exhibitors of the Google company work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated sign of the Google logo at ...


Black Press USA

Microsoft beats revenue expectations but falls short on profit projections
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations for revenue but fell short on profit in its fiscal fourth-quarter results — the first since it finalized its purchase of ...


Economic Times

Google's next smartphone Shamu could be gigantic
Economic Times
It's one inch shy from being the same size as most mini tablets, such as the GoogleNexus 7. Samsung's Galaxy Mega, which comes in both 5.8-inch ...


IBNLive

Google mapping comes under CBI scrutiny
IBNLive
New Delhi: CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Internet giant Googleover Mapathon 2013, an event organised by the US company, ...


Irish Independent

Has Google's love affair with Dublin cooled?
Irish Independent
Concern is brewing in Irish tech circles that Google has not built a Google Campus in Dublin similar to the ground-breaking innovation hub it has set ...


TIME

Apple Watch: Cook's books - some numbers for you
New Zealand Herald
First of all - this one: I'm nearly up to 500 Apple Watch posts, but I'm not ... The Amazon Kindle Fire came in at second place ... with just 7.3 per cent.


Indiatimes.com

Facebook's Market Value is Now Greater Than Coke!
Indiatimes.com
The speed of Facebook's rise to mega-cap status is what's notable. It took Apple Inc nearly three decades to achieve such a market value; Google Inc ...


NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

How Apple's iPhone And Google's Android Are Going To Spark The Next Economic Revolution
Forbes
The great economic story of the past few decades has been how this neoliberal globalisation stuff has brought several billion poor people into the ...

Report: Amazon's Taking Square Head-On
Brian Barrett
... its sights at incumbent Square for payments-on-the-go. Because if you're not going to buy from Amazon, at the very least they can handle the money.

Amazon apparently set to launch Square-competitor in August
Mark Gurman
Amazon could be preparing to launch its own mobile credit card reading hardware in the ... We've previously reported that Apple is working with retailers on its own ... Motorola and Google reportedly developing a 5.9-inch Nexus phone codenamed 'Shamu' · Thumbnail for ... 9to5mac on Facebook ...


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27 July 2014

End of the Week Tech Wrap (videos)

[167] End of the Week Tech Wrapup via BoomBustRT:
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Erin Ade sits down with Edward Harrison to talk about Uber moving into Asia, the Apple-IBM deal, and Amazon’s mobile wallet application. (July 24)

Can Apple Optimism Spread Through Tech Industry?: Video - Bloomberg:
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July 24 (Bloomberg) -- Howard Ward, chief investment officer of growth equities at Gamco, examines the state of the tech industry and what looks like a slow comeback for old tech companies. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Qualcomm Raising Fiscal 2014 EPS Guidance: Video - Bloomberg:
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July 23 (Bloomberg) –- S&P Capital IQ Senior Head of Tech Equity Research Scott Kessler discusses Qualcomm and tech earnings with Julie Hyman on “Street Smart”. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Computerworld

Amazon's Bruising Week
InformationWeek
Amazon spent heavily to develop the Fire TV and Fire Phone during the ... Apple, Google, and Microsoft are seasoned veterans and masters at what ...


TheChronicleHerald.ca

Microsoft's Nadella: More Than Talk
InformationWeek
Microsoft Office For iPad Vs. iWork Vs. Google ... They say talk is cheap, but that's not necessarily true if you're Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft ...


Firstpost

Apple will 'set the world on fire' with iPhone 6 sales
Computerworld
Computerworld - Apple will "set the world on fire" with "unbelievably massive" sales of the next iPhone, analysts said this week. "As well as they did ...


Times of India

Apple Acquires BookLamp, the 'Pandora for Books'
PC Magazine
Apple has confirmed earlier reports that it has acquired BookLamp, ... to $15 million, is designed to allow the company to "beat Amazon at its own game. ... of Idaho onFacebook (and still indicating they're employees of the company), .... Master Google Drive; Hot Tech Gear for Staying Cool This Summer.


IBNLive

Facebook extends closing of WhatsApp acquisition by a year
IBNLive
New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook has extended by a year the closing of its landmark $19 billion deal to acquire instant messaging app ...


NDTV

Amazon's Spending Spree Raises Margin Concerns
NDTV
Amazon's shares fell 12 percent to $314.76 in early trading on Friday, ... Amazon is engaged in "a massive ecosystem war" with Apple Inc, Google ... also faces competition from Microsoft's Azure cloud service - hurt Amazon's ... For the latest technology news and reviews, like us on Facebook or follow us ...


CRN

Microsoft's latest earnings totally explain its mega-layoffs
Chicago Daily Herald
Microsoft said it will eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs, the largest round of ... Microsoftchief executive Satya Nadella may not have addressed the ... coming late to the party while Apple and Google collected the glory -- and ... Doing so gives Microsoft a different set of competitors, namely Amazon.com ...


Chron.com

Amazon,Visa drive Dow to a loss
Philly.com
NEW YORK - Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average ...


eWeek

Google Faces Renewed Focus by EU in Antitrust Case
eWeek
The EU probe had been sought by Google competitors, including Microsoft, Expedia and British search services company Foundem. The pending ...


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26 July 2014

Amazon, Foundering? (videos)

Amazon Misses In Q2 With In-Line Sales Of $19.34B, Larger Than Expected Per-Share Loss Of $0.27 | TechCrunch: "Amazon reported its second quarter financial performance including a $0.27 per share loss on revenue of $19.34 billion. Analysts had expected Amazon to lose $0.15 on revenue of $19.34 billion. For the quarter, Amazon’s revenue grew 23% when compared to the year-ago quarter. It had operating income of -$17 million, down from its year-ago tally of $79 million. The company had a net loss of $126 million in the quarter, up many-fold from its $7 million net loss in the year-ago period."

Amazon's Loss Widens as Bezos Keeps Spending: Video - Bloomberg:
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July 24 (Bloomberg) -- KCG Holdings' A.B. Mendez, Knoll COO Lynn Utter and Bloomberg's Cory Johnson break down Amazon's second-quarter loss on "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)

Is Amazon Overextending Its Reach?: Video - Bloomberg:
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July 24 (Bloomberg) -- BGC Partners' Colin Gillis and Bloomberg's Adam Satariano comment on Amazon's second-quarter loss and business strategy. They speak with Emily Chang and Cory Johnson on "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Amazon Media Room: Press Releases"The AWS team grew by thousands of employees this past year, expanding AWS infrastructure, enterprise and public sector sales capabilities and allowing the team to innovate at an accelerating pace. With 250 significant service and feature releases year-to-date, and substantial price reductions for customers starting in the second quarter (28% to 51% depending on the service), AWS continues to grow strongly, with usage growth close to 90% year-over-year in the second quarter. AWS announced a new general purpose instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). With On Demand Instance prices starting at $0.013 per hour, the new T2 instances are the lowest-cost Amazon EC2 instance option and are ideal for Web servers, developer environments, and small databases. AWS announced several new capabilities to make it easier for developers to build, deploy, and scale mobile applications, including Amazon Cognito for identity management and syncing, Amazon Mobile Analytics to visualize and understand app usage data, and an AWS Mobile SDK, which provides easy, mobile-optimized access to other AWS services to power mobile apps that can scale from tens to hundreds of millions of users. AWS announced Amazon Zocalo, a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity. With Amazon Zocalo, customers can store, share, and gather feedback on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, webpages, images, PDFs, or text files — from the device of their choice. AWS further enhanced its reliable, secure block storage service, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), announcing new encryption capabilities, introducing a new lower-cost SSD-backed EBS volume type, and reducing prices on EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes by 35 percent."

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25 July 2014

Google Buys Twitch, Amazon Losses Increase

Google's $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed -- joins YouTube for new video empire | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi: "Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firmTwitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter.We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price... The deal underscores the value of live Internet streaming and the rise of competitive gaming as a spectator sport — something that draws millions of viewers, can offer prize pools that surpass pro golf’s marquee events, and provides a multibillion dollar opportunity for advertisers...."(read more at link above)

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
New York Times
Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon's founder and chief executive, during an event in ... SAN FRANCISCO — Writers are peeved at Amazon. ... Mr. Szkutak listed some of the reasons:Amazon Web Services is in a price-cutting war with Google ...


Businessweek

Facebook Finally Figured Out How to Make Money Off of Your Phone
Wired
The Wall Street skeptics were circling, and within little more than a month, the value of theFacebook shares on which that fortune was built bottomed ...


Reuters

Google under fire from regulators on EU privacy ruling
Reuters
Regulators quizzed Google over its decision to remove search results only from ... Googlehas so far approved more than half of roughly 90,000 incoming ... data protection authorities on Thursday met executives from Google, Yahoo YHOO.O and MicrosoftMSFT. .... Facebook · Twitter · RSS · YouTube ...


TIME

Facebook's Next Battle Is Wrestling Your Credit Card Number from Amazon
TIME
With numbers like that, Facebook has started breathing down Google's ... on a completely different front, against a completely different player: Amazon.


Latin Post

Yahoo Eyes Mobile Ad Dollars With Flurry Acquisition
Forbes
Yahoo! announced on Monday, July 21, that it is acquiring mobile ad exchange Flurry. While the company has not disclosed the amount spent, it did ...

Facebook Gain Makes Zuckerberg Wealthier Than Google Guys
Bloomberg
Amazon reported its biggest quarterly loss since 2012 today as Bezos ... The Microsoft Inc. chairman's net worth has grown 7.9 percent this year, with ...


Firstpost

Google Maps Engine Gets Workforce Management Tool
InformationWeek
Google Maps Engine Pro customers now have free access to Maps Coordinate to manage workers and share location information in real time.


Forbes

Google, Apple And Facebook Are In The Clear. So Why The Angst?
Forbes
When Google reported its earnings last week eMarketer ran an article that showed howGoogle along with Facebook accounted for over 72% of the ...


Boston Globe

Google Glass Road Show coming to Boston
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Jessica Ridilla wears her Google Glass in the biology lab at Brandeis University, filming experiments with the attached camera on the high-tech ...

Chrome Beta for Android Update
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